Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Cafe Bourgeois


project:
Cafe Bourgeois
date:
2010
address:
Shop 3, 800 Collins Street Docklands VIC 3008
map:
link to map
identity:
SouthSouthWest



This idealised three dimensional space imprints on the cafe walls an other worldly quality - a backdrop for glowing displays, the relentless warmth of the polished joinery end-grain and the resilient reception of the rich Marmoleum colours underfoot.

“A gargantuan post-Riley op-art ripple which swirls across two walls, up onto the roof and down across the floor, effecting a continuous architectural synthesis of lights, visuals and ergonomics.

It’s a highly economical solution, too, a simple sticky-back vinyl print. Yet the striking photographs don’t do the subtlety of the interior justice.

The juxtapositions effected by the ripple unify the diverse zones of the café, from the dangling hula-hoop spangled with tiny LED string lights to the display cabinets, jazzing up without overwhelming the space.

One inherent difficulty of designing such spaces requires enhancing function without obtrusiveness: nobody wants to feel that they’re being too-obviously directed this way or that.”

Justin Clements

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Photographs by Albert Comper.